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. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more recently than others. >> just one year ago,
the president and bring us that tomorrow. >>> we start with the controversy of the pastor that is going to burn the koran. and the imam of the proposed mosque. the imam is speaking out this morning. dan harris has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. here is that op-ed from the imam. in it, he says, quote, we are proceeding. fresh back from his taxpayer-funded speaking tour of the middle east, imam feisal raul, that if america backs down from constructing the center, quote, we cede the discourse and our future to radicals on both sides. the paradigm between the muslims and the west will continue. and meanwhile, overnight, secretary of state hillary clinton joined what has become a coordinated federal assault on that small church in florida, that plans to burn korans on 9/11. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act, that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: secretary clinton added her voice to a growing government chorus, including general david petraeus, who warned that images of koran-burning could endang
. the warnings flew in from afghanistan, where the u.s. commander told our martha raddatz that while he supports first amendment rights, this -- >> could nonetheless endanger the lives of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of follow citizens who are deployed around the world. >> reporter: where there was fiery reaction. in pakistan, they burned flags, and effigies of pastor jones. across the border in afghanistan, more flag burns and protesters chanted "death to the christians." insurgents there are circulating leaflets calling on muslims to raise your voices and fight together. iraq's president warned the burning would encourage more violence. and to hend that off, even donald trump stepped in to buy stake in the islamic cultural center. but late tonight there is great uncertainty about what was promised and who is to be believed. and diane, there is yet another twist here. just a few moments ago, pastor jones came out here, telling us he'd be lied to. that he was guaranteed the cultural center would be moved. that appears not to be the case. and so this controversy will continue. diane?
disabled daughter. and now, he says, he learned something for all of us. >>> good evening. think of it as a one, two, three political punch. exactly six weeks to go until the november election, and three of the most famous names in america are heading out to fight for their candidates. first lady michelle obama, now joining former president bill clinton and former alaska governor sarah palin, as the power hitters on the campaign trail. and the president, well, today, we learned that as the elections loom, he is going to shake up and rebuild his economic team. more on that in a minute. but we'll begin with our senior political correspondent jon karl. jon? >> reporter: diane, today we learned that the president's top economic adviser will leave after the midterm elections. this is the third member of the president's economic team to go. and this, we learn on a day that the white house also announced that the first lady is about to hit the campaign trail. the white house calls her the closer. and with time running out for congressional democrats, they're sending her in. the first la
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of using his authority to coerce two young men into having sex. the young men claim they were then given lavish trips, cars and even cash. they are now suing long, who is pastor of one of the nation's biggest baptist churches. >>> a man from western new york is on his way back to north carolina, charged with killing a police chief's daughter. michael harvey appeared before a judge in new york yesterday. harry very reportedly told police valerie hamilton died after an accidental overdose of heroin. at a church in her hometown outside charlotte. >>> eight city officials from bell, california, are due in court this morning on corruption charges. they're accused of paying themselves huge salaries in a scandal that triggered outrange far beyond california. here now is mike von fremd. >> reporter: a rauk does crowd gathered outside city hall as word spread that officials were being rounded up and arrested. one even had his door broken down by a police battering ram. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at
your cash flow situation. pnc. for the achiever in us all. >>> good morning, america. i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's friday, september 3rd. and we have breaking news overnight. hurricane earl smashes against the carolinas. 105-mile-per-hour winds. waves up to 30 feet high. flooding the outer banks. the storm threatens to swamp beaches all the way to maine. >> eastern long island and massachusetts are next in its path. and will face hurricane conditions within 24 hours. sam leads our team of correspondents, live from the storm zone. >>> also breaking overnight, a suspicious package grinds miami's airport to a halt. the bomb squad called in, as thousands of travelers are evacuated and a suspect is arrested. >>> and not again. another oil rig explosion in the gulf, flinging 13 oil workers into the water. an eerie refinder of the deadly bp disaster. what went wrong this time? >>> you see the surf there. hello, everyone. we hope you're set for a fun labor day weekend. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. wel
dancing? and no, that was not the two of us doing hand dancing. >> i've been worried all morning that you're going to propose some sort of -- >> i want to. this is a new dance craze they're starting. they're going to be joining us live. >> they've gone rogue, post "riverdance." >> did you see their face? >>> also, we have serious news. including new details about what happened when the mother of natalee holloway, went inside a peruvian prison to confront the man she believes murdered her daughter. they're calling her surprise visit, an ambush. we'll have the latest on that. >>> this is a story that touched a nerve with our viewers. lit up the message board. you saw the video of a father storming on to a school bus and threatening the kids he thinks is bullying his daughter. a lot of people weighed in on this. we'll be talking more about what parents should do in these sorts of circumstances. >> he's apparently looking at jail time. >> he came out and apologized. >>> you heard about overnight, big news from hollywood. lindsay lohan, the struggling starlet admitted she failed a drug test. t
. nine u.s. soldiers have been killed. let's go to miguel marquez in afghanistan with the latest. miguel? >> reporter: in addition, to the nine soldiers killed, one u.s. soldiered injured, one afghan death, as well. it's just north of where i am, in kandahar province. it happened in zabul province, a mountainous region. troops are coming here every day by the hundreds or thousands. the last time the u.s. suffered this bad a crash was back in 2006, when a chinook went down. we're not entirely certain what type of chopper this was. the taliban has claimed credit. but u.s. officials here say there's no credible claim of enemy fire in that region. and they still don't know what brought the chopper down. often, the taliban takes credit for these things just to do it. this is part of an overall effort here in kandahar and across the country. the surge of troops that president obama ordered are in-country. and they are moving into the final phase of that surge, getting ready, getting into the hottest of the offensive operations. but they will be conducting. it is likely that we're going to see
. the iranian president calls the terror attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected
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, the long road home. as president obama said last night, the u.s. combat mission in iraq has come to an end. >> when our brave fighting men and women arrive back home there will be many smiling faces waiting for them. >> reporter: surprised faces overflowing with tears and love. for everyone, long journey ended. stru hugs so tight they seem to squeeze the months of worry away. there's the 10-year-old who made brave video diaries. >> master sergeant joe meyers is in iraq right now. >> not knowing, later at school -- >> there's my daughter. >> hey, baby. come here. >> daddy! >> reporter: in another classroom, a navy s.e.a.l., senior chief terry doss, appearing in daughter terian's third grade. waiti ining one year for daddy come home. >> reporter: and in san antonio, texas, another surprise. little taylor rias can't believe her eyes. >> i was thinking it was something different but it was my daddy. >> reporter: eight months without him, an eternity for a 5-year-old. >> it's a real joy to see her run to me like that. i'm not going to cry. >> reporter: when you're finally together, feeling too
. >>> and need for speed. erin andrews takes us inside a nascar race car as it hits top speeds. can she handle 4 gs at 170 miles per hour? >>> good morning, america. and good morning, dan harris. just back from iraq. where you were covering the official end to the combat mission there. >> thank you. i was back here. >>> want to talk about the weather this weekend. hurricane earl is now tropical storm earl. it moved past long island about 8:00 p.m. last night. 11:00 p.m., it was downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds at 70 miles per hour. it was that strength it swept by cape cod and nantucket. >> so, the good news is that storm wasn't that bad. no hurricane-force winds. no widespread damage. the bad news is that the storm has created serious migraines on this labor day weekend, with travel delays, dangerous 15-foot waves in some areas and a ton of rain in new england. in north carolina this morning, they're trying to get those flooded roads open again, so vacationers can get back out to the outer banks. now, we're hearing that there are two more storm systems teed up out in the atl
hurricane, very closely. earl makes his way towards us. he's still on track to sideswipe the east coast, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of
in the atlantic. it threw all its moisture and formed a low right over us last night. it's no longer a tropical system. it's just a big storm that's going to behave like a nor'easter and move inland all the way up the northeast. but it has plenty of rain with it. we're talking about a lot of communities coming in with flooding like this. this is right here, on my boots. robin, that's about a foot of rain we're standing in. many places from washington to new york, will see four to six inches of rain out of this storm. robin? >> it's such a mess. sam, we'll have more from you coming up. >>> we have breaking news for parents. a massive recall of children's products, including millions of tricycles and highchairs, all made by fisher price. lisa stark is in bethesda, maryland, with details on this. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: robin, these are the recalled products. everything from a highchair to a small, toy car. they have serious safety flaws. parents should stop using them immediately. it's a major recall, involving four, different fisher price products. first, nearly 1 million highchairs. so
in his church. does it make use feel helpless? angry? >> well, it is frustrating. now, on the other hand, we are a government of laws. and so, we have to abide by those laws. and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things. and yet, we still have to make sure that we're following the laws. and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speaking out, trying to stop this. and you pointed out earlier, sarah palin, weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. >>> let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentiall
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. this is a huge clue that could tell us what caused america's worst environmental disaster. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: like some mangled creature raised from the deep this million-pound mass of steel could tell the story of what went wrong on april 20th and who is to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men. >> bringing this to a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memories of them 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blow-out preventer or b.o.p., is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface and agents will remain with it even as it's hauled to an ultra security nasa installation. forensic teams from a half dozen agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> what they'll be looking for is why the sort of last-ditch measure didn't work. >> reporter: five stories high, the b.o.p. was a series of valves and ramps designed to slam shut in the event of a leak, the last line of defense. but as we learned at the the blow-out prevention center this was not one
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